New Mexico’s Independent Culinary Authority

Issue Nine: Markets

The Bite: Diners

Cover Art by Maya Eliisa Shakur

Maya Eliisa Shakur is a children’s book illustrator based in Santa Fe. Under the name of Studio Maï, her desire is to create art that encourages sustainability and environmentalism to remind children of the natural world that surrounds and supports us. She is currently working on a picture book set in a magical kingdom plagued by fearful monsters, written by screenwriter Harry Werksman, as well as a middle grade book with author Malcolm Ebright about historical Santa Fe.

editor’s note

T​​​​his issue of The Bite is for the love of markets—not the open-air kind, but the neighborhood ones that specialize, the small-town ones that act as beacons and gathering places, the ones that embody the spirit and character of faraway places.

A search for the perfect paprika; a recipe that calls for berbere, or for cut-to-order meat. Love for the persimmon, or the baklava, or the brisket. Heartache for an ingredient from a distant home, whether that’s the city where you were born or a place you settled into and loved and then had to leave. A bone-deep yearning for what has been lost to national chains and soulless box stores; longing for a dish interwoven with stories of a grandparent’s point of origin.

What brings you to a market might be any of these. Or it might just be a craving for a certain meal, a favorite sandwich that can be prepared while you pick up the mustard or rice or olive oil that no one else carries, or that you prefer to buy here, in this place, from these people, on this corner.

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Dixon

Check the hours, watch out for the geese, don’t skip the co-op or the wine—these are a few of the tips Candolin Cook offers for a getaway in the charming town of Dixon.

Silver City Gold

Jennifer C. Olson relates what’s special about the produce aisle of the Silver City Food Co-op.

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Dixon

Check the hours, watch out for the geese, don’t skip the co-op or the wine—these are a few of the tips Candolin Cook offers for a getaway in the charming town of Dixon.

Silver City Gold

Jennifer C. Olson relates what’s special about the produce aisle of the Silver City Food Co-op.

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